City shows intense acidity and berry character, fresh cranberry, red raspberry, with delicate hints of chamomile tea and lemongrass. Darker roasts have a flavor or cherry cordials. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 17-19 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
This coffee is from the Ichamama Factory, a washing station near Karima Hill in Nyeri. The station was named after the Ichamama river which flows near enough to the station to be the source of water for processing coffee. Ichamama is one of 19 washing stations that make up the Othaya Farmer's Cooperative Society, a coop-run organization, one of the older ones I might add. Othaya started in the mid-1950s, ballooning from 250 original members to 15,000 strong today. Karima is one of the older of the group, erected in 1964, and currently with nearly 1,000 farmer members (and is one of the most productive of the 19). The station sits at about 1750 meters above sea level, and coffee is grown in the higher altitude areas surrounding it. This is an AA outturn, which ranging from 17 - 19 1/64ths of an inch, is the largest Kenya screen size separation, and also the most expensive.
The smells in the dry fragrance leave little to the imagination and have a delicate touch. Clean raw sugar sweetness is marked by Earl Grey tea and berry accents, and complex spice tones. The wet aroma has a plum/stone fruit smell to it, with spiced tea hints. Ichamama AA smells so sweet, and the complex fruit and spice notes are an accurate precursor to the coffee's flavor profile. The underlying sweetness has unrefined sugars and fruited character at City roast level, and bright berry tones add to intense acidic impressions. The cooling cup offers up complex fruited top notes like fresh cranberry, raspberry, cherry and orange. There's an herbaceous accent note in the finish that reminds me of chamomile or lemongrass tea. After several sips, the baking spice notes come to fore, and I sense some ginger powder along with a sprinkling of all spice marking the finish. Full City roasting pulls out a chocolatey bass notes and fruited accents, that together taste of cherry cordials and cranberry-infused dark cacao bar. This makes an excellent pour over, after dinner type coffee, with enough fruited sweetness that you just might consider it dessert!